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Brightsource Energy Reviews

Updated July 8, 2017
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  1. "Challenging and rewarding experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brightsource Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced start up environment. Get to wear a lot of hats and gain hands on experience.

    Cons

    Challenging to balance work/life. Failed IPO. Business plan shifted to international projects so massive reduction in U.S. workforce.


  2. "Solar power tower technology on the cutting edge."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brightsource Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As the technology holders, there are experts in all facets, from groundbreaking to final test. Answers easy to find, input is taken from all phases and departments, and considered.

    Cons

    Due to the large foot print of solar power towers, and other considerations, construction takes place onsite in the desert. Snakes, spiders, and environmentally protected species have to be considered so as to not upset the natural balance of the desert.

    Outside working conditions very from freezing, to 110+ Degrees Fahrenheit.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership on the whole is very good, at the lower levels, there are occasional holes of information that night shift may receive 2 days later through the grapevine.

  3. "BrightSource review."

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    Former Employee - Leader in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Former Employee - Leader in Jerusalem (Israel)

    I worked at Brightsource Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent people, hard working, professional. Wonderful management - respectful, generous attitude. Great working environment.

    Cons

    Technology is probably not going anywhere.


  4. "Best Place in Israel"

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    Former Employee - Helpdesk in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Former Employee - Helpdesk in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brightsource Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people . Good conditions for everyone .
    recommended place for working in global company from israel. Very high technology

    Cons

    There are no drawbacks. There are no drawbacks.
    There are no drawbacks. There are no drawbacks.
    There are no drawbacks

    Advice to Management

    Best Place for working


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brightsource Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brightsource is involved in a fascinating multi million industry of the CSP energy. It is an interesting mix of High tech and construction requiring multi-discipline resources. As such the company fully understands that it's greatest asset is it's human resources and acts towards preserving this resource to the best of it's capabilities.

    Cons

    Roles and responsibilities are often convoluted. This is not the place to be if you hate for somebody to "move your cheese".


  6. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brightsource Energy full-time

    Pros

    Work that benefits mankind. Many different disciplines and flexibility. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Business model is challenging and leads to occasional hard years.


  7. "Solar Energy is hard work"

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    Current Employee - Junior Management in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Current Employee - Junior Management in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brightsource Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solar energy - exciting and complex field to work in
    Engineers of so many different disciplines
    Company policy for treating employees well
    Located in Jerusalem

    Cons

    Insecure future - hard to find these projects
    Some very self confident people - not always easy to work with them .
    Women are well treated, but there are not very many women engineers

    Advice to Management

    Broaden the scope

  8. "BrightSource - Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brightsource Energy full-time

    Pros

    (1) Awesome product - generating electricity combing the sun and algorithms.
    (2) The company treats its employees really well. The world-life balance is also outstanding.
    (3) There is a real sense of "together", in part due the impact you as a developer can have on the final product.

    Cons

    (1) The market does not shine currently on BrightSource's Concentrated Solar Power technology..
    (2) A bit technologically backwards.
    (3) The different teams sometimes work too independently, leading to poorer overall results.

    Advice to Management

    (1) The company should push its software developers to use the newest and best technologies and platforms.
    (2) There should be more coordinated work between the different teams, to enhance, inter-team wise, the sense of a common goal.


  9. "VP Supply Chain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brightsource Energy full-time

    Pros

    Technology and the challenge with projects

    Cons

    Complexity, not stainable from projects pipeline


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Brightsource Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are given responsibility and independence, management is open to ideas for everyone, both students and full-timers. Work can be very diverse.

    Cons

    There's a large percentage of students/fresh-out-of-college-graduates in the development department. I'd like to have more experienced engineers around.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in education of employees in more formal ways - conferences, courses, etc. Just giving time to read online or watch videos is not always enough. Hire more experienced developers to act as mentors for the younger ones.


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